31 Of The Best Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion opens this weekend at the La Brea Tar Pits. (Courtesy of Second Home)

This weekend, comedy reigns at the Del Close Marathon, Packchella and the Comedy Bureau's Most Wanted. Crazy Rich Asians screens under the stars. The California African American Museum, the Norton Simon and the L.A. Zoo host parties after dark. There's also a Stranger Things fun fair, a watermelon festival, CatCon and a huge Hello Kitty art show.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 - SUNDAY, NOV. 24; 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily
Second Home Serpentine Pavilion
La Brea Tar Pits — 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
Second Home, a London-based social business, teams with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County to bring the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion to the U.S. for the first time. Designed by the Madrid-based architecture practice SelgasCano, the pavilion becomes a social space for public programs and events at the intersection of art, design, science and nature.
COST: FREE tickets; MORE INFO

Dancers at the Carnival Ball, held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 23rd February 1979. (Chris Moorhouse/Getty Images)

FRIDAY, JUNE 28; 6 p.m.
Modern Funk Fest and Record Fair
The Echoplex —1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park
From 6 to 9 p.m., show up for a free record fair. The party kicks into gear at 9 p.m. with live acts and DJs giving mad respect to funk and boogie music. The lineup features Moon B, XL Middleton, Ivan Makvel, Moniquea, Zackey Force Funk, Amadeo85 and Hotthobo.
COST: $10-12; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 28; 9:30 -10 p.m.
Altadena Town & Country Club Fireworks
Altadena Golf Course Parking Lot — 1456 E Mendocino St., Altadena
Watch a fireworks show before July 4th. The golf course's bar and grill will be serving non-alcoholic and adult beverages (for those 21+) while the Fat Boys Lunch Truck will be onsite for snacks you can buy.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 28; 5:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Crazy Rich Asians
Los Angeles State Historic Park — 1245 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
Watch last summer's hit romantic comedy, directed by Jon M. Chu, about a rich Singaporean family, his unsuspecting fiancee and his disapproving mother. The music starts at 7 p.m. with a set by Mating Ritual. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. The outdoor screening is dog-friendly, and blankets, pillows and low chairs are preferred.
COST: $8 - $21, plus $10 parking; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 28; 7 - 11 p.m.
KCRW Summer Nights at CAAM
California African American Museum — 600 State Dr., Exposition Park
Enjoy a summer night at the museum listening to sets from KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad and Aaron Byrd while checking out art exhibitions, including the popular Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective. Food trucks and a beer garden (21+) will be onsite.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 - SUNDAY, JUNE 30
Third Annual Packchella Comedy Music Festival!
Pack Theater — at 6470 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
The three-day festival dedicated to musical comedy features dozens of solo artists and groups who perform music, stand up, improv, burlesque, sketch and dance. Performers include Trixie Mattel (RuPaul's Drag Race), Regan and Watkins, Luke Null (SNL,) Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect), Drennon Davis (CONAN), Alice Wetterlund (People of Earth), The Cooties and Allie Goertz.
COST: Pay what you can; MORE INFO

The Zoo kicks off Roaring Nights this weekend. (Jamie Pham/GLAZA)

FRIDAY, JUNE 28; 6 p.m
Roaring Nights at the Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo — 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park
The L.A. Zoo's summer series returns with rare animal encounters, dancing, full bars and food trucks. DJ Richard Blade, DJ Avi Bernard (KJLH), Chulita Vinyl Club, Flashback Heart Attack and a silent disco experience provide the night's soundtrack. Food and drinks are not included in the ticket price. This event is strictly 21+.
COST: $21 ($16 for zoo members); MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 28; 3 - 8 p.m.
Free Days at the Museum
LACMA — 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
Just a friendly reminder that the museum is free to L.A. County residents after 3 p.m. on weekdays (closed on Wednesdays). Just show proof of ID at the ticket desk. It's also free to people 17 years or younger all the time.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 - SUNDAY, JUNE 30
21st annual Del Close Marathon
UCB Sunset — 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
UCB Franklin — 5919 Franklin Ave., Franklin Village
The DCM improv festival comes to L.A. for the first time in its history. The UCB4 — co-founders and owners Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh — started the festival to honor the memory of their Chicago-based improv teacher, Del Close. It's now the largest improv comedy fest in the world with 72 hours of nonstop improv shows. This year's confirmed talent includes Ben Schwartz, Horatio Sanz, Jack McBrayer, Jason Mantzoukas, Lauren Lapkus, Paul F. Tompkins, Paul Scheer, Rachel Bloom and Sasheer Zamata.
COST: Tickets start at $10 - $15; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 - SUNDAY, JUNE 30; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Taschen Sale
Taschen — 354 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
The art book publisher known for its gorgeous and sometimes racy books covering everything from architecture and food to sex and celebrities, is putting its wares on sale. Thousands of display and slightly damaged books will be on sale for up to 75%. Go get all the deals.
COST: Free; MORE INFO

A group show that celebrates the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty and friends. (Okuda San Miguel 'Hello Kitty Skull'/courtesy of the artist and gallery)

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 - SATURDAY, AUG. 3
Hello Kitty® 45th Anniversary Group Show
Corey Helford Gallery — 571 S. Anderson St., Boyle Heights
The gallery celebrates Sanrio's famous character — who represents kindness, friendship and all that is good in the world — with a huge group show that includes works by more than 100 artists from around the globe. The show presents re-interpretations of Hello Kitty and her friends in paintings, sculptures and animation. At the opening night party on Saturday, from 7 to 11 p.m., prints will be available for purchase and the honoree herself will appear. The gallery also opens a show from The London Police in Gallery 2 and a four-artist show featuring Andrew Brandou, Bennett Slater, Jim McKenzie and Ramiro Davaro-Comas in Gallery 3.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) crew, holds a watermelon after landing some 150 kms to the east of the city of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan on September 7, 2016. (MAXIM SHIPENKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 - SUNDAY, JUNE 30; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
California Watermelon Festival
Hansen Dam Soccer Complex — 11480 Foothill Blvd., , Lake View Terrace
If you've ever wondered what can be done with 60,000 pounds of fresh watermelon, check out this festival dedicated to the fruit. Admission includes all-you-can-eat watermelon, a petting zoo, bubble parties, crafts, pony rides, theater and magic shows for kids, BMX Bike Pro Stunt Shows, watermelon carving, cooking demos and live music. Food, alcoholic beverages and carnival rides are sold separately.
COST: $10 - $20 (children ages 3 and younger get in free); MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 - SUNDAY, JUNE 30; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Stranger Things 3 Fun Fair
Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier — 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
In advance of the release of Stranger Things 3 on July 4, Netflix hosts an immersive carnival on the Pier Deck parking lot. Play carnival games, step up to the slime-filled dunk tank, explore the Curiosity House (be careful of those Demogorgons) and visit the Hawkins Bike Shop where you could win BMX wheels. Watch live entertainment by the Hawkins High School cheerleaders, '80s cover bands and magicians or check out various eating contests. To cool off, sample ice cream from the Scoops Ahoy truck.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 - SUNDAY, JUNE 30
CatCon
Pasadena Convention Center — 300 E. Green St., Pasadena
Cat culture collides with pop culture at the 5th feline confab. Head to Purradise City, 5,000 square feet of Instagrammable fun including a cat lovers' retro dream home, cat memes, cartoon kitties and an infinity room of irresistible cat treats. The weekend also features meet and greets with the likes of The Dark Lord, Pudge and Suki Cat as well as seminars, workshops, The CatCon VideoFest and an exhibitor marketplace. Meet and greets do not include admission to CatCon. Attendees must purchase a ticket for CatCon to redeem meet and greet tickets.
COST: Single-day adult tickets start at $38; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29; 2 - 9 p.m.
10th Annual L.A. Food Fest
Santa Anita Park (Gate 6) — 275 Colorado Pl., Arcadia
The original, all-inclusive food fest brings together 5,000 food fans and 100+ restaurants, carts, stands, trucks, bars, beer, wine and craft cocktail makers for one last time. The festival's Nuevo Gastropub focuses on parrilada (BBQ), tequila tastings and Mexican beers. Sample offerings from vendors including Luckdish Curry, Takami Sushi, Bearology, Padthai Boran, Mama Musubi and Café de Leche. The ice cream social features treats from sweet spots including The Donuttery, Pie Hole, You Had Me at Helado, Tastee Flavors New Orleans style shaved ice. This event is all ages. ID required for those 21+ to drink alcoholic beverages.
COST: $54 - $99; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29; 9 p.m.
Discostan!
Civic Center Studios — 207 S Broadway, Ste. 1, downtown L.A.
If you stan SWANA (Southwest Asian-North African) music, then check out the OG diasporic discotheque. DJs Raafat and Radi spin chaabi sounds, while writers Randa Jarrar and Sham-E-Ali Nayeem read from their new books, accompanied by pianist Donia Jarrar. This event is 18+.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29; 7:30 a.m. - noon
Budget Day 2019
Los Angeles City Hall (3rd floor rotunda) — 200 North Spring St., downtown L.A.
If you want to learn about or comment on the city of L.A.'s budget, here's your chance. The morning begins with registration, breakfast and discussions abut budget changes, administrative processes and timelines with elected officials and department reps. After, attendees are invited into smaller working groups for facilitated discussions about their concerns and suggestions.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29; 8 p.m.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert
Hollywood Bowl — 2301 Highland Ave., Hollywood
Watch Harry study for his O.W.L.s, get punished by Professor Umbridge, find out the meaning of his nightmares and crush on Cho Chang on the Bowl's big screens, with the original score performed live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
COST: Tickets start at $14; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29; 6 - 10 p.m.
Uncorked: L.A. Summer Wine Fest
Union Station — 800 N. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
This popular event features more than 200 global wines, food trucks and live music. VIP tickets get an extra hour of tastings beginning at 6 p.m. and exclusive pours from several wineries. General admission and VIP tickets include all wine tastings but food is sold separately.
COST: $60 - $70; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29; 5 - 10 p.m.
Animal Style Mini Improv Festival
ACME Comedy — 5124 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
This is a "saucy, messy" comedy night that features several improv teams. In addition to the laughs, there will be burgers and drinks. The festival is 16+. Admission covers the entire night (if seats are available).
COST: $7.95 - $12; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29; 6 - 9 p.m.
What's Up Danger? Into the Spiderverse Tribute Show
Gallery Nucleus — 210 E. Main St., Alhambra
View original works made in tribute to the blockbuster from a selection of artists who contributed to the film. Participants include Alex Ahad, Jeff Delgado and Keiko Murayama with sculptures of the characters from the film by Andrea Blasich. There's a book signing with Zac Retz, Yuhki Demers and Robh Ruppel but it's limited to 75 people during the first hour. First attendees get a ticket for a Spiderman ice cream pop (while supplies last). All ages.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 - SUNDAY, SEPT 1
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
Old Zoo, Griffith Park — near 4730 Crystal Spring Dr., Griffith Park
Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC) presents two plays this season by William Shakespeare, performed in repertory: Twelfth Night directed by David Melville and Pericles directed by Melissa Chalsma. Performances run Wednesdays through Sundays, and there are family activities (e.g. Drag Queen Story Hour) before select performances. There is no seating, so please bring your own blanket or low-backed chair.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29; 3 p.m.
Etheria Film Night
The Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The showcase of new horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action and thriller films directed by women returns for its sixth edition. It opens with the thriller Culture Shock, directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero. The festival also includes eight new short genre films followed by a Q&A with director Rebekah McKendry. The 2019 Inspiration Award will be presented to producer Gale Anne Hurd by Roger Corman.
COST: Tickets: $15 for each program block; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 29; 5 - 7:30 p.m.
A Night in Focus: Garden Party
Norton Simon Museum — 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Inspired by Monet's beloved garden at Giverny, the annual, all-ages party invites guests to explore the museum's grounds, including the Sculpture Garden, on a summer night. Draw or sketch en plein air, dabble in sculpting, watercolors or crafting activities. Listen to live jazz in the Garden Café throughout the night.
COST: $12 - $15 for adults, FREE for members and those ages 18 and younger; MORE INFO

Get ready to ride! CicLAvia hits Mid City and Pico Union this Sunday. (Courtesy of CicLAvia)

SUNDAY, JUNE 30; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
CicLAvia
Venice Blvd., 7th Ave. and Washington Blvd., Mid City and Pico Union
The open streets event takes over roadways in Angelus Vista, Arlington Heights, Harvard Heights, Mid City and Pico Union, closing them to cars and opening them up for people to ride, walk, stroll, roll or run. Hubs in Mid City, Arlington Heights and Pico Union will have restrooms, bike repair stations, free water, food trucks, first aid and bike parking.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 30; 2 - 3 p.m.
L.A. Made: LGBT Author Felice Picano — Coming to Hollywood: 1935-2000 Central Library
Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium — 630 West 5th St., downtown L.A.
In researching his 2013 book, 20th Century Unlimited, set in 1930s L.A., Picano discovered many vintage photos and studio promotional images "showing how gay Hollywood really was." He presents a PowerPoint presentation and talk based on those images as well as firsthand stories. He will also read short selections from his first book as well as his latest, Justify My Sins, which recounts his three decades of experiences as a gay man in Tinseltown.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 30; 12 - 7 p.m.
Cayton Children's Museum Opening
Cayton Children's Museum — 395 Santa Monica Pl., Suite 374, Santa Monica
The new, interactive museum (formerly known as the Zimmer Children's Museum) takes over 21,000 square feet of Santa Monica Place's third floor. It's divvied up into five exhibition spaces, each with a different focus. The museum will be open seven days a week (10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-7 p.m., Sunday)
COST: $14, and free for low-income EBT or WIC families in the first year; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 30; 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Laemmle Royal Theater — 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle
The Jewish L.A. Special Needs Trust & Services nonprofit presents a special screening of the 2018 Oscar-winning short documentary, which chronicles the life of one of the organization's clients, artist Mindy Alper. Director Frank Stiefel and Alper participate in a Q&A after the screening. A kosher breakfast will be served.
COST: Tickets start at $55; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 30; 8 - 11 p.m.
The Comedy Bureau's Most Wanted List
The Satellite — 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake
Jake Kroeger, creator and director of the Comedy Bureau, co-hosts a night of comedy with James Austin Johnson. The laugh lineup features Frankie Quinones, Billy Wayne Davis, Sean Patton, Candice Thompson and sketch from Butt & Wild Improv with Amanda Bonar, Molly Doan, Meg Joh, Cara Meyers, Allyson Phillips and Jessica Svendsgaard. This event is 21+.
COST: $8; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 30; 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Day of Ancestors: Festival of Masks
Leimert Park Village Plaza, People St. — 4343 Leimert Blvd., Leimert Park
Steeped in the West African tradition of Egungun or "masked performance," this event features the works of local master artists including performer Kehinde Otis Johnson, percussionist Rene Fisher-Mimms, choreographer Nzingha Camara and filmmaker Ben Caldwell of Kaos Network. In addition to dance and music, the festival includes a libation ceremony, which invokes healing and reflection, and a procession that symbolizes the power of people to shape their community. The VIP experience includes a gift bag, premium seating, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
COST: FREE - $50 (VIP); MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 30; 5:20 p.m.
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Laemmle Monica Film Center — 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica
This special opening weekend screening of this documentary about the legendry jazz music label will be followed by a Q&A with director Sophie Huber, Don Was (president of Blue Note Records) and Keith Lewis aka Qmillion Riddim, moderated by Qiana Conley.
COST: $13; MORE INFO

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